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Human Services

Further your career to help others.
Earn your CADC (Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor) online at CLC.

Human Services Jobs Outlook: Growth of 25% from 2019 to 2029
Human Services Program Length: 1 to 2.5 years
Human Services Average Salary: $28,000 to $85,000

Why study Human Services?

Human service workers provide a variety of services aimed at improving clients’ lives. Through this accredited program and credential, human services professionals try to help every client make good decisions, find resources to overcome problems, and inspire the client to make improvements.

Skills learned from program include:

  • Assessment of substance use disorders
  • Diagnosis of substance use disorders
  • Individual counseling techniques
  • Construction of treatment plans
  • Clinical documentation
  • Group and family counseling techniques
  • Ethics of counseling.

Human Services Online Programs

Study human services 100% online in a flexible format that works for you and earn your Illinois CADC certification. In-person classes are also available if desired. There are Online Anytime (asynchronous classes) and certain classes with dedicated meeting times. There will also be an internship or practicum component in addition to coursework.

Classes will be held online or at Grayslake campus.

Program Options

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

  • Addiction Counseling and Treatment A.A.S. (Plan 25HD)


  • Accelerated Addictions Counseling and Treatment Certificate (Plan 25HN)*
  • Addiction Counseling and Treatment Certificate (Plan 25HG)

*A screening form is required if you intend to obtain the Accelerated Addictions Counseling and Treatment Certificate (Plan 25HN). See Getting Started for more details.

Program Accreditation

National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

Illinois Certification Board
(ICB, Inc.)

Program Length

Certificate: 1 year to 1.5 years
A.A.S. Degree: 2.5 years

Students are able to earn their CADC by completing the program and passing the state exam.

Career Outlook

  • Substance Abuse Counselor and Clinical Director positions are expected to grow 25% from 2019 - 2029. Other careers with this credential include:
    • Therapists
    • Counselors
    • School social workers
  • New professionals with a CADC but no bachelor’s or master’s degree can begin work as entry-level addictions counselors and may be able to move into supervisory positions after a few years.
  • Entry-level addictions counselors in a variety of substance use disorder treatment settings (outpatient, inpatient/residential, adult, adolescent, DUI clinics).
  • Professionals with a CADC and an additional degree or license (e.g., an MSW/LCSW) may further be able to move into administrative roles after several years’ experience, such as clinical directors and agency directors, as well as potentially moving into private practice.

Potential Employers

  • Lake County Health Department
  • Nicasa
  • PADS
  • Gateway Foundation
  • Northern Illinois Recovery Addiction Treatment Center
  • Arbor
  • Monarch
  • Recovery Centers of America
  • Catholic Charities

Salary Outlook

  • Substance Abuse Counselor: $28,000-$77,000
  • Clinical Director:
    $51,000 - $85,000

Program Requirements

To get started, students should have a high school diploma (or equivalent).

In order to take upper-level courses, students must apply for admission to the program, which may include background checks, drug screens, and/or interviews.

Upon application to the Addiction Counseling and Treatment (ACT) option, students should have no history of alcohol or other drug abuse, any addiction or other substance use disorders, or should be in recovery without recurrence and out of treatment or correctional supervision for at least 18 months.

  • Enrollment now open
  • Classes begin August 23

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